Action Verbs by Category

Use action verbs on your resume to describe your experiences. Each category below will give you several verb options and examples of how to add details to your descriptive lines.  

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Before: Presented to transfer students concerning university policies 
After: Presented to groups of 30+ transfer students weekly for 8 weeks concerning university policies and procedures

Acted Adapted Addressed Admitted Advertised
Allowed Amended Arbitrated Argued Ascertained
Authored Briefed Clarified Cleared up Closed
Composed Concluded Confronted Consented
Consulted Convinced Corresponded Critiqued Debated
Dedicated Defined Deliberated Demonstrated Drafted
Drew Edited Educated Elicited Entertained
Explained Extracted Fabricated Fashioned Greeted
Highlighted Illustrated Improvised Indicated Informed
Instructed Interpreted Interviewed Justified Lectured
Marketed Mediated Moderated Negotiated Perceived
Persuaded Photographed Presented Publicized Published
Queried Questioned Quoted Referred Reinforced
Related Rendered Reported Represented Responded
Revealed Rewrote Sanctioned Settled Shaped
Sold Solicited Specified Spoke Stated
Submitted Substan-
Suggested Summarized Supplemented
Supported Surveyed Synthesized Systematized Taught
Tested Transcribed Transmitted Verified Welcomed



Before: Handled customer calls 
After: Handled 20-35+ customer calls per shift regarding coverage changes, renewal rates, and billing procedures

Acted Administered Awarded Billed
Bought Brought Carried out Chose
Collected Completed Conducted Displayed
Distributed Diverted Entered Exercised
Executed Exhibited Filtered Forwarded
Handled Input Installed Insured
Labored Merchandised Operated Participated
Performed Processed Produced Proofed
Prospected Proved Reformed Serviced
Shipped Sold Stocked Transacted



Before: Chaired the student Event Promotions Committee 
After: Chaired student Event Promotions Committee of 12 members and presented marketing plans to an average of 50 students at weekly university senate meeting

Accommodated Advocated Advised Aided
Alleviated Assisted Assured Attended
Bolstered Coached Conditioned Continued
Cooperated Counseled Dealt Elevated
Enabled Endorsed Enhanced Enriched
Familiarized Helped Interceded Intervened
Mobilized Modeled Played Polished
Prescribed Protected Provided Rehabilitated
Rescued Saved Served Sustained
Tended Tutored Validated  


Getting Results

Before: Increased student participation 
After: Increased student participation by 25% over a 6-month period by advertising with campus partners

Accomplished Achieved Added Adopted
Advanced Attained Augmented Boosted
Built Combined Completed Consolidated
Constructed Contributed Delivered Demonstrated
Diminished Earned Effected Eliminated
Enlarged Enlisted Ensured Excelled
Expanded Expedited Extended Finalized
Fulfilled Gained Generated Grew
Guaranteed Hastened Heightened Improved
Increased Innovated Integrated Introduced
Invented Joined Located Orchestrated
Overcame Perfected Prevailed Produced
Qualified Realized Received Reduced (losses)
Rejuvenated Renovated Restored Resulted in
Surpassed Targeted Uncovered  



Before: Chaired the student Event Promotions Committee 
After: Chaired student Event Promotions Committee of 12 members and presented marketing plans to an average of 50 students at weekly university senate meetings

Accelerated Affected Assumed Caused
Chaired Changed Conducted Directed
Disproved Elected Employed Empowered
Encouraged Enlisted Envisioned Fostered
Founded Governed Guided Headed
Hired Influenced Initiated Inspired
Involved Launched Led Managed
Mastered Mentored Minimized Modernized
Motivated Obtained Opened Originated
Piloted Pioneered Presided Promoted
Raised Recognized Spearheaded Stimulated
Strengthened Supervised Trained Transformed
Visualized Won    



Before: Developed an employee training program 
After: Developed and implemented a training program that resulted in a 45% increase in employee satisfaction

Administered Anticipated Commissioned Determined
Developed Devised Drew up Evaluated
Forecasted Formulated Identified Observed
Obtained Ordered Organized Planned
Prepared Prioritized Procured Programmed
Proposed Recruited Rectified Researched
Reserved Retrieved Revised Routed
Scheduled Secured Strategized Studied



Before: Coordinated office schedules 
After: Coordinated weekly office schedules for 8 employees

Acquired Activated Adjusted Aligned
Allocated Altered Appointed Arranged
Assembled Assessed Assigned Authorized
Catalogued Centralized Charted Classified
Collected Committed Confirmed Contracted
Copied Coordinated Customized Delegated
Designated Designed Dispatched Established
Facilitated Implemented Incorporated Instituted
Issued Linked Logged Mapped
Organized Reorganized Selected Simplified
Sorted Sought Straightened Structured
Suggested Tracked Unified  



Before: Wrote weekly inventory reports 
After: Wrote an average of 10 weekly quantity reports to track inventory and invoice customers

Accounted for Appraised Approximated Audited
Balanced  Budgeted Calculated Calibrated
Checked Compiled Compounded Computed
Conserved Converted Counted Dispensed
Dispersed Earned Enumerated Estimated
Figured Financed Grossed Increased
Inventoried Invoiced Maximized Multiplied
Netted Predicted Profited Projected
Purchased Quantified Rated Reconciled
Recorded Reduced Tabulated Totaled


Solving Problems

Before: Developed new ordering procedure 
After: Streamlined ordering through the implementation of new inventory system, decreasing wait time from 6 to 2 days

Alleviated Analyzed Applied Brainstormed
Collaborated Conceived Conceptualized Crafted
Created Debugged Decided Deciphered
Detected Determined Diagnosed Dissected
Engineered Foresaw Formulated Gathered
Imagined Investigated Navigated Recommended
Remedied Remodeled Repaired Replaced
Resolved Revamped Revitalized Revived
Satisfied Scouted Sifted Sketched
Solved Streamlined Surmounted Synthesized
Theorized Unearthed    



Before: Implemented new computer filing system 
After: Developed and supervised the implementation of new computer filing system that reduced paper use by 35%

Adjusted Analyzed Apportioned Assessed
Certified Compared Controlled Corrected
Correlated Developed Discovered Enforced
Established Examined Explored Graded
Indexed Inspected Judged Licensed
Maintained Measured Modified Monitored
Officiated Overhauled Oversaw Policed
Refined Regulated Reviewed Revised
Screened Scrutinized Supervised Supplied
Tightened Traced Updated  



Before: Worked on a PTA parent volunteer program 
After: Collaborated with the PTA to design and implement a parent volunteer program increasing involvement by 50% of parents of students from underrepresented populations

Adapted Administered Advised Aided
Anticipated Assessed Clarified Coached
Collaborated Collected Communicated Conducted
Coordinated Co-taught Critiqued Decreased
Designed Developed Empowered Enabled
Encouraged Engaged Evaluated Explained
Facilitated Focused Guided Implemented
Increased Individualized Informed Initiated
Instilled Instructed Managed Modeled
Motivated Partnered Persuaded Reduced
Reflected Set goals Simulated Stimulated
Taught Tested Tracked Trained
Transmitted Tutored    


Adapted from the University of Iowa Pomerantz Career Center Career Guide.